Who is eligible for Ohio Medicaid?
Because Ohio has expanded Medicaid under the ACA, low-income adults without dependent children are eligible for the first time in 2014. The following residents can enroll in Medicaid in Ohio (immigration rules apply):
- Adults with household income up to 133 percent of poverty (138 percent after the built-in 5 percent income disregard).
- Children with household income up to 206 percent of poverty.
- Pregnant women with household income up to 200 percent of poverty.
How do I enroll?
Enrollment in Medicaid is year-round; you do not need to wait for an open enrollment period if you’re eligible for Medicaid
- Ohio uses the federally-run insurance marketplace, so you can enroll through HealthCare.gov or use their call center at 1-800-318-2596.
- You can use the Ohio Medicaid (Ohio Benefits) website to enroll. You click on “check your eligibility” first, and if you’re eligible it will take you to the enrollment page.
- You can call or visit your county Department of Job and Family Services office (click on your county to see contact information).
Once you enroll in Ohio Medicaid, you’ll get a basic Medicaid (fee-for-service) ID card in the mail. Shortly after that, most new enrollees will receive a letter from Ohio Medicaid, asking them to select a Medicaid Managed Care program. There are five available: Buckeye Health Plan, CareSource, Molina Health Plan, Paramount Advantage, and UnitedHealthcare.